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Mimicking tooth enamel to create the next super material

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, Resilience|Sectors: , , |

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Mimicking tooth enamel to create the next super material

This is a perfect illustration of how abstracting the design principle from tooth enamel can lead to a novel material for plane hulls. Structural materials of most transportation devices have the same functional needs (e.g. strength, manage vibration, crack resistant) as tooth enamel, so abstracting the strategy helped a team at the University of Michigan emulate the tooth’s secret to success. According to this Gizmondo article, they used only using metal and polymer, rather than calcium and protein.

Curated by Dayna Baumeister

Honeybee hexagons and the 100x factor

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , |

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New technology could help us emulate nature’s brilliant shapes

February 4th, 2017|Categories: Additive Manufacturing, Architecture, Carbon, Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Product Design, Structures, Textiles, Water|Sectors: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Looking to nature for self-shaping ceramics

January 28th, 2017|Categories: Materials, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , , |

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Flying squirrels far outperform airplanes

January 12th, 2017|Categories: Engineering, News Feed|Sectors: |

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Hummingbirds provide new way of looking at navigation

July 24th, 2016|Categories: News Feed, Product Design|Sectors: , , , , |

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Nature’s colors don’t need chemical pigment

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Carbon, Energy Efficiency, Engineering, Materials, News Feed, Product Design, Structures|Sectors: , , , , , , |

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Butterfly wings inspire better optical communications

June 5th, 2016|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News Feed|Sectors: , , , |

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Softening blows with fish scale science

June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Engineering, News Feed, Structures|Sectors: , , , |

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Pulsating powers of peacock tail feathers

May 28th, 2016|Categories: News Feed, Structures, Uncategorized|Sectors: , , , |

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